Student housing is in great demand due to substantial shortages. The completion of the first 171 student apartments, on the Degenfeldstrasse/ Gottesauer Strasse, in Karlsruhe, Germany, are ready just in time for 2010/2011 winter semester. A total of 337 student apartments are planned.
A total of six buildings are being raised in four construction stages according to the blueprints of architects Veit Ruser & Partner, who won the architectural competition held in 2007. The redevelopment of the existing six-storey building on Gottesauerstrasse and the new seven-storey building on Degenfeldstrasse helped to close a conspicuous gap in the local perimeter block development. Annexed to these buildings will be another four new corner buildings of three storeys each and developed attics. These will be arranged in such a way as to form sheltered inner courtyards where student life can unfold. The complex will be supplemented by an underground car park of 184 slots, accessed from Gottesauer Strasse.
The studio apartments measure 25 m² on average, and can be rented for an all-in rent of 390 per month. The all-in rent includes all service charges, electric power, cable TV, and a high-speed Internet connection. All apartments are fitted out with high-end furnishings. In addition, students have free use of learning lounges as well as a TV lounge and a laundry lounge as common facilities. "Karlsruhe has a population of about 300,000, with about 37,900 students enrolled at eight institutions of higher learning. The city's size and the number of students and of people looking for housing tend to make it impossible for every student to find suitable quarters close to campus. YOUNIQ AG has become aware of the bottleneck, and makes a considerable contribution to the relaxation of the student housing mark